An avalanche of Haswell motherboards

Subject: Motherboards | June 3, 2013 - 07:15 PM |
Tagged: z87, socket 1150, Q87, Q85, haswell, H87, B85

Somehow the gang at Hardware.Info made it through 33 different Socket 1150 boards in time for the release date, not just Z87 but also H87, Q87, Q85 and B85 based boards from the five major motherboard suppliers.  They also tested 22 different USB 3.0 devices on the boards and saw errors generated in over half of the devices, something you should take note of if you plan to upgrade immediately.  The benchmark charts are something to behold, though the performance holds relatively stable on all of the boards showing that once again it is the features which make a board stand out against the competition.  There was one measure that separated the boards, power consumption varies greatly between these motherboards, attributable in no small part to the aforementioned features.

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"Today Intel introduced the fourth generation of its Core processors, also known as Haswell. The desktop processors in the Haswell generation use a different type of processor socket, called Socket 1150. That means if you want to use one of the new processors, you will have to buy a new motherboard as well. Intel also created a new chipset series, the 8 series or Lynx Point, for desktop motherboards: the Z87, H87, Q87, Q85 and B85. Hardware.Info tested 33 of these new Socket 1150 Haswell motherboards, 26 with the Z87 chipset, four with H87 and three with B85. ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte, Intel and MSI participated."

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June 3, 2013 | 07:42 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Now all Intel has to do is yank all the integrated GPU transistors, out of Haswell for the desktop, and add a few more cores, and maybe do this on a few mobile SKUs also!

Intel GPUs always still not there!

June 3, 2013 | 08:36 PM - Posted by Nicklas Marklund (not verified)

Why a new socket for such a small improvement (appox 10%) in performance between socket 1155 and 1150 ? Seems unessesary. One area that has been completely forgotten is ergonomy. Spend some money on a comfortable office chair and computer furniture. Maybe PCPer could test some comfy computer chairs?

June 10, 2013 | 03:49 PM - Posted by Will (not verified)

The socket has nothing to do with the performance. Do you mean why don't we just stick with Ivy Bridge and minor variations thereof forever? Performance was never the major facet of the Haswell design.

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